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World’s Smallest Microscope Focuses In On Cancer

CHICAGO (Ivanhoe Newswire) --New technology is giving surgeons the ability to not only detect cancer earlier, but also immediately treat it and it’s all done virtually through the world’s smallest microscope. We’ll take you inside the body for the story.

“All of us that do endoscopy have been dreaming about it for probably 20 or 30 years,” Irving Waxman, M.D., the director of the Center for Endoscopic Research and Therapeutics at the University of Chicago Medical Center told Ivanhoe.

That dream is called Cellivizio, a CLE and the world’s smallest microscope, allowing doctors to instantly detect cancerous or precancerous cells in the body.

“If we can identify the precancerous changes or cancer in the very early stage, they can be treated with an endoscope on an almost outpatient basis,” Dr. Waxman said.

Wayne Webb has Barrett’s esophagus, one of the top risk factors for esophageal cancer. He agreed to let our cameras follow him into the operating room to see the scope in action.

“Hopefully I won’t have to come back for a while longer,” Wayne Webb, a Barrett’s esophagus patient told Ivanhoe.

The flexible microscope is fitted with a low power laser, made up of up to 20,000 fibers. It’s inserted into Wayne’s mouth and down into his esophagus. The scope can magnify tissue up to 1000 times, sending back real time images.

“You can see the laser light beaming on the tissue of interest,” Dr. Waxman said.

Instead of taking a biopsy and sending it off for testing, doctors take the microscope and put it inside the patient making it possible to target and destroy precancerous cells without delay.

“You can see here that it’s all a little bit irregular,” Dr. Waxman explained. After identifying a suspicious island of cells in Wayne’s esophagus, Dr. Waxman removes it.

“I think I’m home free,” Webb concluded.

And he’s cancer free. Cellivizio is being used to detect cancer in the gastrointestinal tract and the lungs. A study is also underway to measure its effectiveness in urology.

The Optical Society of America contributed to the information contained in the TV portion of this report.

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John Easton
University of Chicago Medical Center
Medical Center Communications
(773) 795-5225

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